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"Stretching" Exercises for Qualitative Researchers

"Stretching" Exercises for Qualitative Researchers - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0761928157

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"Stretching" Exercises for Qualitative Researchers - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761928157

Valerie J. Janesick

ISBN13: 978-0761928157
ISBN10: 0761928154
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2004
International: No

In this updated version of her innovative and distinctive book, author Valerie J. Janesick has extended the metaphor of dance and arts to yoga as an art form to strengthen her argument that tapping into one's artistic side--the side that is more creative and less inhibited--is a fundamental prerequisite for realizing one's potential as a researcher. Janesick provides a series of exercises, which can be used inside and outside the classroom, that are both artistically inspired and immensely practical. Thoroughly classroom tested, these exercises demystify the research process and help the researcher become a more active observer, interviewer, and learner.

New to this Edition:

  • New chapter on the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data, which will help the reader develop categories for coding, interpreting journals and interview transcripts, and interpret and explain documents and photographs--all of which will include annotated examples
  • New chapter on narrative techniques, which will include coverage of autobiography, biography, and life history as viable approaches to understanding the social world
  • New section on dealing with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), in particular, the issues, questions, and problems faced by qualitative researchers
  • New exercises on the role of the researcher--specifically drawing and quilting, and describing and explaining movies as narrative text
  • Expanded information on interviews in general--especially the need to pilot the interviews, and the research reflective journal process
  • An entire section on Internet sources, such as list servs, discussion lists, e-journals and software products
  • Mastering library techniques and services

In addition, there will be updated appendices and many new examples (current student work included) from the sociology, nursing, and management fields.

Author Bio

Janesick, Valerie J. : University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Dedication and Acknowledgments

PART I Introduction
Some Notes on Theory
My Theoretical Background
How to Use This Book
The Audience for This Book

PART II The Observation Cycle: Selected Exercises
Exercise 2.1: Observing a Still Life Scene
Description of a Still Life Scene: Ten Minutes' Worth
Constructing a Reflective Portfolio
Types of Portfolios
Portfolio Contents
Exercise 2.2: Physical Description of This Setting
Exercise 2.3: Observation in the Home or Workplace
Exercise 2.4: Description of a Familiar Person or a Stranger
The Critical Case of Observation of a Student: Lessons Learned for the Professional Development of the Educator in Training
Critical Case Study
Missing Dad
Exercise 2.5: Observing at an Art Museum or at a Movie
Exercise 2.6: Observing an Animal at Home, the Zoo, or a Pet Shop
Exercise 2.7: Drawing to Become a Better Observer: Drawing Upside Down
Exercise 2.8: Non-Participant Observation Assignment
Gaston's Gourmet Goodies
Selected Readings
Next Steps
Summary of Part II: The Observation Cycle

PART III The Interview Cycle
Two People Talking, Communicating, and Constructing Meaning
Types of Interview Questions
Preparing Questions
Examples of Interview Questions From a Recent Dissertation
Exercise 3.1: Interviewing Someone You Know
Exercise 3.2: Interviewing a Stranger
Exercise 3.3: Phone Interviews
Exercise 3.4: The Focus Group Interview
Exercise 3.5: Analyzing Interview Data

PART IV Personal Development and the Role of the Researcher
Exercise 4.1: Variations on Writing Your Name
Exercise 4.2: The Camera as an Extension of the Eye; the Eye as an Extension of the Soul
Exercise 4.3: Building a Collage: My Role as a Researcher
Exercise 4.4: Constructing a YaYa Box or Making a Quilt Patch
Writing the Reflective Journal
Exercise 4.5: Reflective Journal Writing Practice
Exercise 4.6: Haiku and Any Form of Poetry and the Role of the Researcher
Exercise 4.7: Framed Photograph Exercise
Summary of Part IV: Personal Development and the Role of the Researcher

PART V The Analysis Cycle: Making Sense of the Data, Intuition Ethics, and Other Issues
The Qualitative Researcher as Historian
The Qualitative Researcher as User of All One's Senses, Including the Intuitive Sense
Checkpoints for Data Analysis, Reporting, and Interpretation
Ethics and the Qualitative Researcher
True Stories: Sample Ethical Dilemmas
Intuition and Creativity in Research
The Pas De Deux of Intuition and Creativity: Lessons For Today
Other Issues
Writing the Qualitative Dissertation
Attributes of the Qualitative Researcher
Electronic and Other Resources for the Qualitative Researcher
QR Regular Journals
Writing as a Pedagogical and Research Practice: Introducing the Researcher Reflective Journal
Exercise to Start You on Your Researcher Reflective Journal
Future Directions
Some Thoughts on Qualitative Researchers Interacting With Institutional Review Boards
Sample Institutional Review Board Application
Summary of This Section


A. Sample Letter to Participants
B. Examples of Researcher Reflective Journals
C. Field Notes: From the First Days in the Field
D. Qualitative Research Methods: Two Sample Syllabi
E. Sample Mini Projects From Various Classes
F. Sample Consent Forms
G. Samples of Member Check Forms
H. A Sample Peer Reviewer Form
I. Sample Major Sections From a Qualitative Dissertation Proposal
J. Sample Schema for a Literature Review
K. Sample Sets of Themes and Categories From the Technology Study
L. Samples of Interview Transcripts (Edited)
M. Sample Original Categories and Codes Based on Interviews, Observations, and Journal Entries
N. Final Categories and Codes
O. Final Major Themes and Subthemes Identified From the Data
P. Sample Alternative Field Note Style for Taking Notes During Interviews
Q. Sample Reflections Written After the Preliminary Notes
R. Conducting Qualitative Interviews: Rules of Thumb
S. An Example of Constructing a Model
T. Cost for a Recently Completed Qualitative Dissertation: A Learning Tool

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